– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Alien: Covenant continues to potentially be one of Ridley Scott’s most interesting movies. It isn’t just interesting because of the mythology that it hitches itself to, but rather how it ended up being an Alien film in the first place. First coined as a Prometheus sequel, it wasn’t long before Scott settled on an Alien name, the first being Alien: Paradise Lost. That one didn’t last too long, for a few weeks later, it was confirmed that the title change was Alien: Covenant. Why Covenant? Well, that’s the name of the ship that we’ll be riding with for the duration of the journey, and when all said and done, it certainly makes for a less pretentious title.

But what would the film be about? That was the $10,000 question, wasn’t it? Well, this one looks to be both a sequel to the divisive Prometheus, and a prequel to the beloved first Alien movie. Whereas Prometheus was sort of a distant ancestor to Alien, this one will have more direct ties and connections — connections that will likely make it a more fulfilling experience for hardcore fans. But there was still a lot of mystery surrounding this. Yes, we knew that Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace would be returning to reprise their roles from Prometheus, but how prominent would they be?

Scott went on to cast the likes of Katherine Waterston, Demián Bichir, and Danny McBride, making for an interesting ensemble. However, not too long after, it was rumored that James Franco would be taking the role of the ship’s captain. This was all but confirmed last December, when he spoke with an outlet, seemingly confused that folks knew about his part in the film. However, when the first teaser came out, Franco was nowhere to be found. Was he actually a part of the crew, or was the wool pulledover our eyes?

On Tuesday, the official Alien: Covenant Twitter account released a crew photo, and at its center was none other than Franco himself. Take a look below:

If Franco wasn’t already confirmed as in the movie in your head, go ahead and give that time to adjust. That’s right, Danny McBride and James Franco will officially be in a serious science fiction film together. I’ll give you a few more seconds if you need it.

In all seriousness, both Franco and McBride have more than proven themselves to have real acting chops, so there is little concern on this end. We’re more interested in how this plot will play out. How important will Fassbender and Rapace’s character play in this one? Will they be a simple prologue to all this, or will they come in at the tail end to bring more answers to the questions that will undoubtedly begin to pile up? 

What do you think of the new cast photo? Are you liking the look of the ship and their crew? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017

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SOURCE: Alien: Covenant (via Twitter)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.